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I am new to breeding bettas and have just hatched my first spawn.:tyvm:
I've done extensive research and am pretty sure I know how to raise the fry as they grow (although if anyone has any tips, PLEASE feel free to share them with me), but the problem is I have no idea what to do with them once they grow older. :confused:Bettas lay as many as 500 eggs, and there is NO WAY I can keep up with anything above 10 bettas. :( I already have a couple of friends who are interested in adopting one, but the problem still remains of getting rid of the rest. The idea of selling to a pet store is very apealing to me, but the only pet stores in my area are petsmart and petco, its a small town so there are no fish stores. :mad2: Do petsmart and petco take fish? and if so, how do I sell to them? (I also live about an hour and a half away from a very big city so i could go there too, maybe I could sell to there...?) HELP!!!!
 

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I don't want to sound rude but why did you decide to breed? It's better not to breed animals if you don't have places for the babies to go...especially with fish who lay tons of eggs.

But try Aquabid.com and posting to fish-related forums. If worst comes to worst you might need to use them as, well, feeders or something...
 

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Im pretty sure that petco and petsmart have their own betta suppliers and am sure they probably will not take any from private breeders. In fact I am about 99.9 percent sure.

Why did you decide to start breeding bettas?

Good sticky thread to read...
responsible breeding

Its good you did the research before you bred the bettas to see how to go about it but maybe you should have thought about what you would do with the babies before you even started breeding them. That is very, very important.
Its too late oviously now.

I hope you have a good turn out and most survive for you. It will be difficult though.
I also hope you will be able to place the ones that do.
 

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Time to find a phone book... i would call around to any pet stores you can.. tell them your Betta's just hatched, and ask if they would be willing to take some in the future, if they survive, in return for store credit or something, or maybe just take them. I've really never heard of a pet store paying for fish, some will give a store credit, or some supplies, but prolly not petco or petsmart. Its a risk buying fish from random people, if they end up sick or something the pet store could lose alot of money or customers, so them taking any would actually be doing you a favor.
You could also put an ad in your local paper, depending on how many survive, sell them for like a $1.
I don't know much about breeding Betta's, i thought Betta's together would fight so I'd love to know what your setups like and stuff.
 

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Breeding bettas is fairly simple but its what comes after that is more difficult.
I used to work for a betta breeder and she had 100's of betta males and females!
She had one big room in her house dedicated to breeding them and was and still is quite successful.
She has a website...Welcome to bettatalk.com, the ultimate betta site for all betta lovers! and has been on animal planet :) and is founder
and President of L.A.B.S (Los AngelesBetta Society)
It was really beautiful walking into a room full of colorful male bettas-like a rainbow or fins! Watching the mating process is beautiful and exciting.

All the males were housed in separate containers(in the betta room) and the females were housed together in huge tanks of 100+ in her front rooms.
When its time to breed them of course the fem and male are put together. But a serious breeder will not just whatever female and male together haphazardly!

Things do not always go well. They will fight but hopefully not to the point of killing each other. Hopefully the female wants to mate with that male (she can be choosy)...if not he can and sometimes will injure her. She can be hurt very badly and die from her injuries. She then needs to be removed and treated in her own container til she recovers and heals. Sometimes the female will get hurt as well as she fights back.
So when the mating time comes they have to be watched thru the process.
When they do mate/ spawn the male catches the eggs in his mouth as the female releases them. He spits them into the bubble nest he has already prepared. When this process is done the female needs to be removed soon afterward or he will kill her. He takes care of the eggs all by himself.

Now, raising the fry when they hatch can be challenging too. They are very tiny as you can imagine and good nutrition is essential and diligent care is needed for the fry to survive and flourish.
Being successful at that takes lotz of good research, time and dedication.


Serena- Go to that link and ask Faith any questions you have on raising the fry.
Hope you do well.
 

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its not that i didnt have a place for the fry to go (although my first post might have been misleading lol). originally I was planning on keeping them to myself and put them around my bedroom. but when I read that bettas lay 400-600 eggs, I started panicking and I didnt know what to do. but this morning I came across an article that said only about 20-30 actually manage to grow to an adult age (due to deformities and such), and what's a few extra bettas here and there? (I might even manage to get my brother to take some!)
still, I havent given up on the idea of selling/giving to pet stores and the like, so if anyone who had managed to sell bettas or other fish to stores in the past could please give me a few tips or even tell me the name of the store they sold them to it would be VERY MUCH apreciated.

anyway, thank you so much for your help, everyone, and next time ill think a bit longer before trying to breed my bettas!
 

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What kind of bettas are you breeding? That will help a lot with figuring out where to sell them.
 

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I'm breeding a red male crowntail with a cambodian colored female crowntail so the babies will be mostly crowntail...
 

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I'm breeding a red male crowntail with a cambodian colored female crowntail so the babies will be mostly crowntail...
Ah, ok.

You could try AquaBid like I had said but whether or not they sell would depend on finnage and coloration. If these are petstore bettas it's hard to say what colors you'll get.

Oh, and I would join UltimateBettas...there's a link in my signature. I don't mean to drive you away from here (obviously :lol:) but you could post a thread to sell the babies once they're older.
 

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WOW....well I hope you can find places for these bettas to go when they hatch,whether you keep them all (alot of responsibility) or give them away/sell them.
 

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there is no profit in breeding bettas...a dime a dozen..and chances are not all 500 will make it...maybe half at best
 

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If one knows what they are doing....have done their research and continues to keep doing it, are doing what they can to improve the breed, really care and are passionate about what they are doing etc.... there can be great joy and profit in breeding bettas.
It takes great care and dedication though. Its def not for just the average betta owner.

My friend has been doing quite well for many years now and fits what was mentioned above.

www.Bettatalk.com----> home back up 101907

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Look at the beautiful colors!! betta colors
 
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